Due for 02/10/16
A Lighting Director is the highest profession in the lighting department of film, and their job includes designing the lighting set up for each shot, physically setting up the lighting equipment as well as maintaining it.
Lighting is undoubtedly a huge addition to the visual outcome of a film and the lighting engineer and director must work closely with the film director to achieve the lighting that would suit the scene the best and be appropriate for the genre, mood and themes intended for it. A lot of creative skills are required for this job, and they must have the knowledge of what the lighting equipment can do in order to portray the desired look for the scene, through the use of light. Furthermore, a primary skill that a Lighting Engineer must have is the ability to operate and transfer the equipment, and repair them if ever it should stop working. Even if you are the main lighting director in charge of the lighting design, a knowledge in how the equipment works, how to arrange and rearrange it, how to transfer it from one set to another and add different cut-outs and ‘barn doors’ to the lens of the camera when appropriate (to add shadows) is absolutely vital for a successful career in this field.
In continuation, for a successful career as a Lighting Engineer, work experience, the appropriate qualifications and making connections in the industry are all necessities. University is the best place to get prove of the technical skills you need. The other requirements however, are not as easily accessible. Ironically, in order to get a job and subsequently get experience in the field, many companies require previous experience, and for a starter in this industry is near impossible to have. The best route to getting experience is therefore through Internships and apprenticeships. An internship involves working for an organisation without any pay and although earning no money is a huge downfall and quite difficult to live comfortably without, work experience will be added to your CV, and there will also be a slight possibility of getting a job with the same company once the internship has finished. Furthermore, an apprenticeship is much like an internship, except that you do earn a small salary for the work that you do. You also end up with a qualification, work experience added to your CV, and again the possibility of a job afterwards.
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